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The Unemployed State: The Challenge of Staying Positive

Updated on October 19, 2017
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Stevie G. is a Life Coach, Educator and Researcher. He is the founder of Infinite Visionary Training Center in Minnesota.

Being unemployed can be a highly stressful condition. In your quest to find a job, there are days and moments where hopelessness and despair are your closest companions. You spend 8 hours a day putting in resumes. You go on 2 or 3 interviews a week, but a job offer continues to elude you.

However, the pleasure of employment opens a whole new reality. When you get a job, you can pay your rent, you can buy food to put on the table, and you can purchase clothing. Not only this, you can save up for entertainment or plan for potential emergencies. Getting a paycheck always puts you in the driver’s seat of a progressiveness.

In addtion, when you are employed you are confident in connecting with people who can help empower you to become everything you ever thought of. If you work hard, you have a potential for great growth, including business and personal achievement.

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Long Term Unemployment

If you are unemployed for extended periods of time, you may begin to lose confidence in your skills and ability to do a job. However, you must stay sharp by practicing and improving your skills while in an unemployed state. Adding skills and abilities to the ones you already have will enhance your chances for getting a better job.

Therefore, you must not waste time worrying about losing skills. Instead, you want to develop mastery in your profession or career.

Several reasons exist for being unemployed:


Some people are unemployed due to circumstances beyond their control. For example, maybe their company went out of business or maybe they were victims of organizational downsizing. In my own experience, I was the last person to get released from my job in the banking industry. I lost my job at a time when serious downsizing was at its peak.


Relocation is another reason for unemployment. Sometimes circumstances demand that people relocate to another state or country. They may have sick or ailing loved ones that need the constant attention of family members.

I know of friends who quit their jobs and moved to another state where their ailing father or mother lived.

Getting Fired

Other people become unemployed because they simply got fired from their job. Now they are looking for another chance to start over again. They got fired either because their skills and abilities were not adequate to do the job or they were let go because of some sort of bad judgement on their part.

Nevertheless, you have enhanced your personality and skills and are now ready to reenter the job force with a new and positive attitude.

Whatever reason for being in an unemployed state, you must believe that one day soon you will have the job of your dreams.


When unemployed, always be in a state of readiness. Make sure you have your resumes and samples of work at the ready. When you go on a job interview you should have all important documents filled out.

Attempting to get a resume together at the last moment or to hunt for important documents an hour before an interview can be very stressful.

Always be prepared for the interview, whether in person or over the phone. Convery a sense of confidence and know-how that the interviewers can’t resist.


An individual can become employed quicker if he or she had a network of friends to give and exchange information regarding employment opportunity.

Join social media networks, including LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to connect with people in your field or profession.

The more connections you have the greater will be your network. The greater your line of contacts, the better the chance of finding the ideal job.

Sustaining a Positive Outlook

Keep hope alive. Sometimes people wait for months to land an excellent job in their industry. One thing to keep in mind is that your efforts will always payoff, regardless of how stressful they may be. The universe will reward a person who refuses to give up.

If you keep looking for a job, putting in resumes, attending careers fairs, and networking with groups of job related people, you will soon find the door open to the job you desire.

© 2017 Stevie Glenn


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